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Explore our directory of organizations and supportive resources for creative girls, plus posts on books, film, television, music, museums, and more.

lawyer and author Linda Hirshman

Those arguing #MeToo is losing steam are sorely mistaken. That’s the belief of best-selling author Linda Hirshman. Her latest book, Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment, details the 50-year history of legal and cultural moments that precede #MeToo. It also serves as a reminder that the movement did not mysteriously happen overnight …

The Numbers: Women in SciFi Superhero Films

What are the roles for women and girls in science fiction (SciFi) and superhero films and television? Are they visible? Are they powerful? Are they inclusive? What do their representation, voice share, presence — or absence — mean to the stories that shape our imaginations of who we are and what is possible? These are …

filmmaker Jennifer Townsend 

In 1991, an iconic film changed Jennifer Townsend’s life. Not only did Thelma & Louise inspire her to drop her former husband’s last name, it caused Townsend to launch a research project to see if other viewers also had strong emotional responses to the film. Email was not available, so a press release went out to …

Make Your Own Powerful Button

With every political or social movement, a specific accessory emerges. Often fastened to jackets, blouses, bags, and even shoes, I am, of course, talking about buttons. Since the country’s beginning, these adornments have been part of the United States’ scenery. During the first presidential inauguration, George Washington’s supporters wore copper buttons with his initials in …

Nonfiction Stories About Women and Girls for Young Readers

Books based on real people pack an emotional punch. Not only do nonfiction stories help girls by teaching history and allowing them to see the world from different viewpoints, they provide role models and inspiration. My oldest recently came across the story of Virginia Hall in the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. She’s …

Mom 2.0, Brene Brown plus Melinda Gates

Last week I went to the Mom 2.0 Summit in Austin. What is Mom 2.0? I’ll let Texas Monthly explain. I connected with a lot of inspiring folks and learned a whole new set of communication ninja skills for Girls That Create. Google attended as a main sponsor to promote its Be Internet Awesome program. Its purpose is to teach kids the fundamentals of …

book by female storytellers

Jess Rinker didn’t realize “writer” was a job title growing up. It wasn’t until reading Harry Potter that she understood her love for jotting down stories could become a career. Daria Peoples-Riley tossed her first self-portrait into the kitchen trash can. Luckily her mother rescued the piece, which today hangs in Peoples-Riley’s parents’ living room. Although they hadn’t …

Picture Books About Strong, Female Creators

Have you ever found yourself searching for picture books where a woman or girl is the central character? Turns out sheer numbers are to blame. A startling study revealed that from 1900 to 2000 males were the central characters in 57 percent of children’s books published per year. Only 31 percent had female central characters. The publishing industry …

Why Girls That Create

Why Girls That Create? Several years ago, I became part of the team behind WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES. The documentary film explores the enduring legacy of Wonder Woman and how powerful women are often portrayed in mainstream media. It also encourages girls to be creators of the media they want to …

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